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it again. the defense department's five biggest contractors have been raising cash holdings by a whopping 70% in the last quarter. should they be this worried? we're going to speak with a couple of defense analysts in the back half of the program. >> also, do house speaker john boehner's constituents think he's doing enough to avert the looming crisis? we're going to hear from chief washington correspondent john harwood who is just back from a trip from his home state of ohio. >>> up next, though, fallout from last week's autonomy mess mounteding. hewlett-packard's ceo and former hp head all sued by a shareholder for alleged fraud. it's getting ugly out there. we're going to speak with a lawyer gearing up to represent other hp plaintiffs when we come back. [ male announcer ] if you suffer from heartburn 2 or more days a week, why use temporary treatments when you can prevent the acid that's causing it with prevacid24hr. with one pill prevacid24hr works at the source to prevent the acid that causes frequent heartburn all day and all night. and with new prevacid24hr perks, you can earn rewa
care in this country as other countries do. we spend seven times the amount in defense than the top seven countries in the world, including china. the tax code needs to be revamped. the whole idea of social security. and they're going on vacation. we're talking about a huge, huge dent in the society that we live in today. i don't think people really appreciate the sense of urgency or understand what they do. >> i don't think -- it seems like washington doesn't. i think what mario said, linking it to hurricane sandy, if the governors went away during this crisis, we would all be upset. let me switch gears and ask you about hurricane sandy. big hit to the insurance industry. tell me what you're seeing. is there an impact on willis? how does the cost element play out? >> right after it happened, i said that i thought that the impact would be $30 billion to $50 billion of insurance capacity. everybody was at 5 to 15. now everyone is around 20 to 25. i think at the end of the day, it will be closer to 30. what's happening here is that the property gets hit first, but then as time goes on
for today. you're seeing a grab bag of companies, some defensive names like exelon, wisconsin energy and southern company in the energy sector. as well as cablevision and genworth which is an insurance name. so roughly pretty big grab bag for laggards today. research in motion getting a big pop today on heavy volume for that stock, up 14% in a sustained rally. that's a big move for r.i.m. we're finally getting a date for the blackberry rollout, january 30th. analysts like that move as well as investors. >> we'll see if that works out. >> blackberry 10 is make or break for this stock. >> our internal market guru here at cnbc tells me that with today's rally, the markets are now back -- they've erased all of the losses we saw in the u.s. markets after the election on november 6th. we're back to -- >> we have a crack data team, don't we? we ask, they perform. thank you very much. >>> from california to florida, walmart workers have been staging protests at various locations across the country. but, is that keeping shoppers away? we'll go live to a walmart store in maryland for the lates
defense risk assets. dividend payers, technology, even overseas, emerging markets. china looks like it's finally starting to recover because the bottom line is, even if we don't go over the fiscal cliff, we'll still have a very, very slow growth environment for a period of time. you have to hedge both sides. don't get too optimistic but don't escape from the market completely because you could miss a rally up. >> mary, this dominates trading, doesn't it, the discussion about fiscal cliff? how much is it driving averages on every given day? >> it does. if you read the notes, you talk to traders, it's one of the first things they talk about every day. any headline you see about it, that's going to affect trading. as a result, just as a lot of our guests have been saying, a number of people are expecting volatility to increase as we get closer and closer to that deadline. that being said it appears fewer investors are taking a risk in the market. as of today, like last week, we're seeing very light volume. well below averages of 3.5 billion shares. it looks like investors may be waiting o
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